Dr. Varleisha Gibbs

Position:
Program Director for Master’s in Occupational Therapy Program
Institution:
Wesley College

August 31, 2015

Dr. Varleisha Gibbs is the director of the forthcoming Master’s of occupational therapy program at Wesley College.  The program, the first of its kind in the state of Delaware, is slated to launch during the 2016-2017 academic year.

“We’re excited to have Dr. Gibbs join us here at Wesley College,” said Wesley College Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Jeff Gibson.  “She brings with her all the qualities and experience we need to develop a banner OT program to serve Delaware and the entire region.”

A native Delawarean, Gibbs earned her bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Delaware, her master’s in occupational therapy from New York’s Columbia University Programs in occupational therapy and doctorate in occupational therapy from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pa. She is currently in the final stages of a Ph.D. program at Seton Hall University in N.J., where she is studying graduate medical education in health sciences with a concentration in leadership.

Her teaching experience dates back to 2002. As a teaching assistant and adjunct instructor at Columbia and Thomas Jefferson University, her passion for academia developed.  Prior to joining Wesley, Gibbs worked at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, where she served as the director of the doctoral programs in occupational therapy. Her responsibilities in that role included ensuring the program met accreditation standards, monitoring the programs so it met the expected outcomes and aiding faculty in developing course syllabi to ensure students received the proper level of learning. She also played an integral role in developing the strategic plans and conduction of self-study processes for the accreditation of the doctoral and master’s programs.

Gibbs has been working in the occupational therapy field since 2002. As an independent contractor, in New York, she serviced a vast range of clientele from early intervention through geriatric populations. In 2004, she founded her own business called Universal Progressive Therapy, Inc. where she served families of the Northern New Jersey communities, managed the budget, developed strategic planning and new programs, and directed various personnel. Gibbs served as president until August 2013 before fully dedicating her time to academia.  She co-authored the book Raising Kids with Sensory Processing Disorders in 2014. In addition, she is a media expert for the American Occupational Therapy Association and expert speaker for Pesi, Inc. Hence, her reach within the field of occupational therapy extends throughout the country.